Wike Accuses GOC Of Oil Bunkering, Aiding Criminals In Niger Delta

 

 

Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday alleged that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem was on of the Senior military officers promoting bunkering in the Niger Delta region.

Wike in a statement on Wednesday, berated the GOC for running an illegal oil bunkering squad for the purpose of financing his quest to be appointed the Chief of Army Staff.

The governor made the allegation while hosting the Commander Joint Task Force (JTF), “Operation Delta Safe, Real Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade at the State House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Governor Wike declared that any attempt to appoint the GOC of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army as the Chief of Army Staff, would spell doom for the nation’s failing security architecture .

He said: “The GOC is doing illegal bunkering, which he is using to finance his quest to emerge as the country’s Chief of Army Staff.

“He has his own team that is making money for him through oil bunkering”.

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He accused the GOC of the 6 Division of compromising security in Rivers State through illegal actions.

“We will have a security meeting and he will release the details to criminals. And the Chief of Army Staff will leave the man here because he is playing their role.

“How will security of the state be with such a man as the GOC? He will compromise when fighting to reduce crime, they sent us a GOC who destroy the security architecture of the state”.

Governor Wike wondered what the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe would do when they encounter the illegal oil bunkering team of the GOC.

Governor Wike said that Rivers people stopped the GOC and his accomplices from imposing a Governor on the state during the elections.

“A man came to plot coup. The people resisted him for plotting coup. You want to impose a party that has no candidate for National Assembly and State Assembly elections on the people. How will such a party win the Governorship election? A party that nobody has seen their posters. Rivers people said no.

“He has result sheets. Let him bring the result sheets to the tribunal. Army now has result sheets. That is now part of their mandate “.

Governor Wike assured the Commander of Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe that the Rivers State Government will support their operations to ensure that they defend the Niger Delta, especially Rivers State.

He said: “Anybody who wants to help us fight crime, I will support. I will never support those involved in illegal refineries”.

Commander of Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, Real Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade thanked the Rivers State Governor for the supply of gunboats, security vehicles and finances for security operations in the area.

He assured the governor that the Joint Task Force will not relent in fighting crime in the State.

“Governor Wike is a consummate politician and grassroots leader. As a man who understands National Security, he understands that National security itself is Local.

“We want to seriously commend you on his numerous achievements you made since your tenure. I will like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Governor on the renewal of your mandate to serve the people of Rivers State for another four years “, he said.

The Commander said that the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe has recorded successes in the protection of oil and gas facilities and the maintenance of internal security in the area.

He appealed to leaders to engage youths to shun crime and criminality for the development of the state.

CAN Executives Pay Sympathy Visit To GOC 7 Division

CAN Executive Pay Sympathy Visit To GOC 7 DivisionThe Borno State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Friday paid a sympathy visit to the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezuwgu in his office at Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.

The State Chairman of the Christian body, Bishop Abubakar Naga, led other executive members of the chapter to sympathize with the General on the inferno that engulfed his official residence recently.

Bishop Naga, who is also the presiding pastor of Pentecostal Believers Covenant Church (PBCC), was thankful to God for sparing the General’s life.

“We thank God for saving your life and your men especially during the fire inferno,” he said.

He also promised to support and pray for troops fighting insurgency in North East region of Nigeria.

General Victor Ezuwgu who was full of praise to the association, thanked them for their visit, support and prayers in combating the now depleted Boko Haram Terrorists.

The terrorists have been on the run after their safe haven – Sambisa forest was taken over by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.

He used the medium to charge the association to sensitize their members on the need to report any suspected terrorist seen within their vicinity to security agents without delay.

Present at the visit were some commanders and principal staff officers of the division.

Officers Should Remain Committed Despite Progress In Fighting Insurgents- GOC

Lafiya Dole, Sambisa Forest, Boko haramThe General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Peter Dauke, has tasked officers and men of the Armed Forces in Yobe state, northeast Nigeria, to remain committed despite successes being recorded in the war against insurgents.

The GOC said professionalism and dedication are strategic and both attributes must be observed at all times in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

In a news conference in Maiduguri, Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, revealed that troops had dominated most parts of the Sambisa Forest including notorious Boko haram enclaves, rescuing a total of 1,880 civilians between December 14 and 21, 2016.

Addressing officers and men at the decoration of four Lieutenant Colonels who were promoted to the rank of colonel in Yobe state, the GOC said even as the war is being won, security forces must remain committed to ensuring that the insurgents are defeated completely.

“Despite the successes being recorded at the theatre of war, I want to call on our officers and men to stay firm and ensure that the insurgents are totally defeated and peace restored.

“We expect you people to do that within the next few moments we have in this battle, in line with the commitment of the Chief of Army Staff towards ending the war” Major General Dauke said.

He then tasked the promoted officers to justify the confidence the Chief of Army staff and the military hierarchy has in them.

“Promotion comes with more challenges, but it is believed you are capable, that’s why you are being elevated to handle such challenges. You must be determined to succeed in handling such challenges if you must reciprocate the confidence reposed in you”.

Dauke assured the officers and men that the highest military hierarchy would do everything possible to ensure normalcy is restored not just in the northeast but across the country as a whole.

Speaking on behalf of the promoted officers, Colonel Aboi thanked the Chief of Army staff and the entire military hierarchy for the confidence they have in them and pledged their total commitment towards the restoration of peace across the country.

“I want to thank the Chief of Army Staff and the entire military hierarchy for the confidence reposed in us and on behalf of my promoted colleagues.

“I want to assure all Nigerians that we will continue to do our best in the quest of restoring peace and normalcy across the country” Aboi assured.

Army Colonel Murdered In His Residence In Ibadan

Army Colonel Murdered In His Residence In IbadanThe Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the gruesome murder of an Army Colonel, Anthony Okeyim on Monday evening by yet to be identified assassins.

Col. Okeyim was the Commandant of Command Secondary School in Apata, Ibadan.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Sam Adegbuyi, who made this known in a release, said that the General Officer Commanding, Maj. Gen Kasimu Abdulkarim and other top military officers led senior officers of the Police to the scene of crime where the Colonel’s lifeless body was found just outside his official quarters within the school premises,

Meanwhile the Deputy Director Public Relations, 2 Division Ibadan, Col. Timothy Antigha has confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Col. Antigha also confirmed that the homicide unit of the Nigeria Police, Oyo Command is investigating the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.

The Commissioner of Police however assured the populace that the culprits would be found by all means within the ambits of the law.

Army Donates Borehole To Kaduna Community

Kaduna Community, Zaria water, Water Project, Otuoke, Bayelsa StateThe Nigerian Army has donated a hand pump borehole to Kakura community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Speaking during the donation, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, said that the gesture was part of the present administration’s effort at building a cordial military-civil relationship.

The GOC explained that he was touched by reports about the lack of portable water and other basic amenities in the community.

Gen. Oyebade, who addressed the Gbagyi dominated community, urged them to live in peace with their Fulani counterparts, stating that apart from safeguarding the nation, the Nigerian Army also supports their host communities in non-lethal ways.

Responding, the district head of Kaurah community, Ishaya Seriki, who spoke through an interpreter, lamented that the community had stayed for so long without portable water and other basic amenities.

He thanked the GOC for “giving life” to the community.

Asides the lack of water supply in Kakurah, the residents have also complained that the only primary school they have was built through community effort.

Therefore, they appealed to the state government to provide them with other basic amenities that will make life better for them.

Six Nigerian Army Officers Face Court Martial In Ibadan

Court Martial, ArmySix military personnel from various units of the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo Ibadan have appeared before a general court martial.

The General Officer Commanding, 11 Mechanised Division, Major General Laz Ilo, says the division will not tolerate any form of indiscipline.

The allegations against the accused military personnel include murder, manslaughter, stealing, negligence of performance of military duties, sexual relationship with spouse of military personnel, disgraceful conduct of indecent nature, and scandalous conduct of an officer.

The accused military personnel comprised one on the rank of major, one captain, one lieutenant, one second lieutenant, one corporal and one private.

They allegedly committed the offences at various units under the 2 Division of Nigerian Army.

While inaugurating the 6-man panel, Maj. Gen. Ilo stated unequivocally that no act of indiscipline would go unpunished under his watch. He charged all to be above board and respect the rights of all in their conducts.

The GOC further explained that the human rights desk has been established at the division for members of the public to launch their complaints about erring military personnel, saying military justice is in consonance with the democratic order and that military law and administration of the law are based on due process.

Ilo stated that the inauguration of general court martial was in line with the vision of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles to the nation, adding that to accomplish the vision, there is need for absolute discipline.

The trial of the accused commenced immediately after the GOC inaugurated the General Court Martial.

The special court is presided over by Brig Gen Ibikunle Raji and comprised five other members including Col Jimoh Audu, Lt. Col Kenneth Emefiele, Lt. Col Aliyu Emekoma, Major James Mimiola and the judge advocate, Major Diepiriye Biambo.

The Deputy Director of Legal Services 2 Div., Col. Mahmood Wambai, said that the accused Army officers have been given enough opportunity to defend themselves.

Boko Haram Attacks ‘Operation Crack Down’ Troops At Izza

Boko HaramBoko Haram terrorists on Wednesday evening attacked Nigerian troops involved in the clearance and rescue operations in Sambisa forest nicknamed ‘Operation Crack Down’, while on harbour.

According to Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the terrorists came in five Toyota Hilux vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft guns which they fired along with 81mm mortar.

The battle ready troops rose to the occasion and repelled the attack and pursued the terrorists as they withdrew in disarray towards the river line of Izza-Mainyakare axis.

The attack lasted for about 40 minutes without any casualty on Nigerian troops while an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed. The troops recovered an 81mm mortar tube from the terrorists.

The Army says its troops have maintained highest level alertness and vigilance at the harbour area and they would further exploit and continue with the clearance operation.

COAS Visits ‘Operation Crack Down’ Troops

Crack DownThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has commended the 151 Battalion soldiers fighting insurgency under the ‘Operation Crack Down’.

The recently introduced Operation Crack Down is a component of the mother operation “Lafiya Dole”, designed to chase out the outlawed Boko Haram elements from the notorious Sambisa forest believed to be their stronghold.

General Officer Commanding the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Victor Ezugwu, is leading the “Crack Down” troop in the Bama and Banki axis where the Army Chief.

The GOC engaged the COAS in a strategic meeting that lasted 30 minutes at the Division’s tactical headquarters in Bama before proceeding to Banki to address the troops.

“We are already inside the Sambisa forest and so far so good from the brief I have received from your GOC. This operation is very crucial and we need to continue to press hard to conclude the operation,” Buratai said.

According to Buratai, this is in the overall plan of the Operation Lafiya Dole and also part of the federal government’s plan to end the insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

“We are here today to say well done, Mr President is quite pleased with our operations (and) with what you’re doing, I want to tell you also that Nigerians are happy with you; we must crack them down and continue to push them until they are completely down.” Buratai told the soldiers.

The Army chief says Banki is tactically strategic and operationally important as it borders both the Cameroun and Chad republic and is also a major route for the insurgents linking to the northern and southern part of the state.

Troops Kill Armed Bandits, Cattle Rustlers In North West

Cattle RustlersTroops of One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army have killed suspected armed bandits and cattle rustlers during an operation in some states across the North West zone.

This was disclosed by the General Officer Commanding, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, during an assessment tour of areas of operations under his command.

He said that soldiers also killed two suspected armed robbers and recovered some weapons and a stolen vehicle at Panbegwa village in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Major General Adeniyi announced that the division, in an effort to flush out criminals especially armed bandits and cattle rustlers that have been terrorizing rural communities in the two north west and some parts of the north central, has intensified operations in states within the two zones.

The new onslaught, code-named ‘Operation Sharan Daji’, according to the GOC, has started yielding positive result as hundreds of stolen cattle have been recovered from the criminals while several of their camps have been destroyed.

Addressing the troops during the assessment tour, Major General Adeniyi commended their effort so far in ensuring that the criminals are completely flushed out.

He cautioned them to carry out their operations in accordance with the military rules of engagement and to also protect the rights of the civilians in the areas.

He assured the troops that their welfare would be adequately addressed, stating that the accommodation challenge being faced by some of them has been addressed by the Chief of Army Staff, LT General Tukur Buratai.

Army Says Over 100 Armed Bandits Killed In Nigeria’s North West In 2015

ArmyThe General Officer Commanding, 1 Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, has announced that over 100 armed bandits including members of the Boko Haram sect and cattle rustlers were killed within the North West zone in 2015.

He disclosed this while addressing a news conference in his office to review the activities of the division in 2015.

He said that 21 key members of the Boko Haram terrorist group were arrested and hundreds of their camps destroyed within the year under review.

The military operations which led to the recovery of the weapons and killing of the criminals in the zone were Operation MESSA, Operation Restore Peace, Operation Sharan Daji, among others.

The recovered weapons include assorted types of SMGs, AK47 Rifles, machine guns, locally made pistols among others.

The GOC, while displaying them before reporters at the 1 Division headquarters in Kaduna, said that the weapons were recovered from the bandits during military operations in states within the North West Zone. They are Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.

The GOC said that about 37,000 livestock were rescued and handed over to the state committees charged with the responsibility of handing them over to their owners.

Also arrested were 294 cattle rustlers who have been handed over to the Police for prosecution. He added that

While 101 armed bandits were killed in 2015, the GOC announced that the Army lost six soldiers in the various operations.

He maintained that Boko Haram has been defeated. According to him, what is happening at the moment is mop-up operation for which he solicited support from the communities.

He reassured residents of the North West zone that the Army would do everything possible as mandated by the constitution to protect lives and property but they are also expected to go about their activities without molestation.

General Oyebade also stated that the Nigerian Army has no apology over its recent action against members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria.

He insisted that such action would be meted against any group or sect that threatens the peace and stability of the country.

Nigerian Military, Foreign Assistance And Corruption: Security Experts Discuss Issues

Military-Nigeria2Security experts, Ona Ekhomu, Dare Ogunlana and Captain Umar Aliyu (Rtd), on Saturday discussed the issues surrounding terrorism in Nigeria, examining the agitations concerning the capability of the Nigerian military to rescue 234 abducted schoolgirls, combat and overcome the Boko Haram insurgency, the suspicions over foreign aid provided by America and other countries and alleged corruption in the Army.

Mr Ona Ekhomu, who commended the on-going search and high level investigation, said the Army should be assessed based on progress made since the foreign experts arrived, noting that there was no progress made before then.

“The security problem is the unknown location of the girls. You have to find them first making rescue a secondary activity,” he said, adding that technical help from foreign assistance will help locate the before the soldiers are sent in for the rescue.

On suspicions that the foreign assistance given by the international community, especially America was an excuse to take over the country’s military apparatus, Ekhomu said the Americans are not to take control of the security apparatus and the Nigerian military is in the driver’s seat.

He stressed that the foreign experts were offering technical help which Nigeria lacked.

On his part, Dare Ogunlana, said “we have everything, that capability of stopping the insurgency and conducting the search” for the missing girls but regarded it as unwise to reject the offer of the international community.

He insisted that the nation had failed, for so long a time, to put the right peg in the right hole, question the Army on how it spends the security vote and deal with alleged corruption within the Army.

He however maintained that the various issues concerning the Army would not affect the search but added that some level of dialogue with the insurgents would be needed for the rescue mission to succeed.

“If we want to get these girls alive, it is important also to use diplomacy,” he said.

He called on President Goodluck Jonathan to be mature in tackling the issue of terrorism. “As a Commander In Chief, you have to be able to motivate your men”.

Meanwhile, Captain Umar Aliyu (Rtd), commented on the shooting of a General Officer Commanding by his subordinates, disclosing that the incident did happen.

According to him, there were internal battles in the Army that the Americans cannot fight, an example of which is the act of mutiny by the soldiers.

Contrary to Ekhomu’s belief that shooting was an emotional outburst from the soldiers and was not as a result of corruption and ill-treatment in the military, Aliyu said the foot soldiers, who are at the end of the event chain, made a statement by shooting at their commander.

“The soldiers may be tried for mutiny but the commander has questions to answer,” he stated, noting that the soldiers were being shortchanged and their welfare not taken care of adequately.

“Those boys need to have better toys to fight with but they don’t.” he said, maintaining that the government may keep running away from the issues, but there are a lot of things that need to be in order at the Defence Ministry level.

On the attacks by villagers against Boko Haram members, Aliyu said it was evidence of citizens losing trust in the government and warned that such a trend has its downside.

Boko Haram’s Expiry Date Is Near – Chima Nnaji

Chima NnajiA public affairs analyst and lawyer, Chima Nnaji, on Thursday predicted that the end of the Boko Haram insurgency is near, while airing his views on the activities of the group as well as the conspiracy theories surrounding it.

“There’s nothing hidden under the sun and it’s only a matter of time because everything under the sun has expiry date and that date will come and it is very near. When the wound is about to heal, the scratching increases” he said concerning the activities of the terrorists and their sponsors.

The group recently gained global attention following the kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State which seems to be the biggest hit by the insurgents in the entire country.

However, the arrest of one of the Nyanya bomb blast suspects 48 hours after he was declared wanted was described as a commendable feat by the analyst.

“This is one of the results of collaboration and it’s a good development,” he said, adding that “no one single group or body can achieve much result all alone,” he said, while stressing the importance of team work in the fight against terrorism.

On reports that soldiers of the 7th Division attacked a vehicle carrying their General Officer Commander (GOC), Nnaji said it was not the first time related cases would he heard, making reference to an officer who was allegedly a member of the cultist group, Omabatse, responsible for the death of several policemen.

“This is a very trying time because it’s a war without front. You don’t know who you are fighting. People are shouting Boko Haram, but there might be one Haram Boko in the system doing a reverse function of what the State is about to do,” he said.

He noted that the #BringBackOurGirls campaign was a “task that must be done” but maintained that the aggression was displaced. “The President did not cause the kidnap,” he said, adding that the Boko Haram insurgency was engineered by ‘some people.’

Nnaji further corroborated the conspiracy theories which blamed government opposition for staging the insurgency which has spiraled out of control.

He insisted that those directly affected by the terrorists activities, the North East region, are not as agitated or pro-active in the rescue mission as protesters in other parts of the country.